Ryan Newman returning to NASCAR for select races starting at Darlington

ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 18: Ryan Newman, driver of the #3 RyanNewmanVRExperience/MotoShieldPro Chevrolet, stands by his truck during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on July 18, 2018 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ryan Newman, recently named one of the 75 greatest drivers in NASCAR history, is scheduled to return to the Cup Series, making select starts with Rick Ware Racing throughout the remainder of the 2023 season.

The 18-time premier series winner made his most recent start at Phoenix Raceway in 2021, bringing him to a remarkable 725 starts at the sport’s top level. In addition to his victories, Newman has 117 top-five finishes, 268 top 10s and 51 pole awards.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Rick Ware Racing and Ford,” Newman said. “I think this will be good for all of us with our combined experience and knowledge. Being part of the Throwback Weekend at one of my favorite tracks in Darlington is pretty special. After recently being named one of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers, it carries even some significance.”

Rick Ware Racing has been a mainstay in the Cup Series garage since the mid-2010s, fielding a number of drivers from David Ragan to J.J. Yeley. Newman, perhaps the most successful veteran to drive for the team, is a welcome addition.

“I remember watching ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ on ESPN and seeing Ryan compete against some stout competition in those days,” said team owner Rick Ware when commenting about Newman’s talent. “I became a fan then and when he first came to NASCAR, I knew he was going to be a great driver and win a lot of races.

“He brings great depth and insight to RWR while we continue to grow our team. Ryan’s been a great ambassador for our sport and Ford. We’re really looking forward to racing with him this season.”

Newman’s first challenge will be an exciting one, returning to action for the first time in over 500 days at Darlington on Sunday, May 14 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Goodyear 400.